The Gothic Pig


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The gothic pig is a fine art sculpture made by Volker Scheurer in 2019.

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The gothic pig is a fine art sculpture made by Volker Scheurer in 2019.

This artwork is made of bronze covered by 24-carat gold in a German foundry and is about 21cm X 18cm X 7cm for ca. 3KG.

In the Middle Ages, preachers and theologians considered the pig as an attribute of the devil; like him, the devil growls and wallows in filth. This image of the pig linked to hell already exists in some Romanesque capitals, but mainly took off during the Gothic period. Pigs can personify several vices, such as filth, gluttony, and anger that will stick to them long after the Middle Ages.

Later, between the 15th century and the 17th century, the pig was associated with lust and it was then attributed with more positive connotations, linked to fertility and prosperity, in particular, because of its gestation cycle which is exactly three months, three weeks and three days, a figure already mentioned by Aristotle, and which the men of the Middle Ages noted as an arithmetically perfect cycle.

Considered as an object of depreciation, a sign and metaphor of abjection and bestiality on the one hand, on the other hand, it fits entirely into the sphere of the sacred as a sacrificial victim or as a blessing.

In art, pigs belong to everyday life and enter everyone’s life. They are adventure companions who bring a lot of joy. Among the rich, it is synonymous with outbursts of affection with triumphant exaltations, while among the poor, it is seen as a symbol of wealth.

According to certain writings, God would have created the angels prior to man in a state of happiness and grace. The angel placed inside the belly of the pig is linked to the idea of ​​light and fire in this symbolic animal for ordinary mortals. This is why they become here the guarantor of the action placed in the center of this sculpture. He then becomes the protector assigned to his individual… his guardian angel.

The woman placed on top of the pig’s head will evoke all the joy that can be shared while the angel here will rather evoke affection and the security that someone is watching over you at all times.

Limited edition: 111 pieces produced
This one is the n° 4/111

Additional information

Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 21 × 7 × 18 cm





Artist Name

Volker Scheurer


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